Di­ag­nos­tic scan­ners

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Help! -

Can you rec­om­mend a univer­sal di­ag­nos­tic scan­ner that’s easy to use and cheap to buy – ideally less than £150? I own a 2001 Ford Mondeo petrol and a 2002 BMW 5-Se­ries petrol, so I need a unit to cover both ve­hi­cles.

I won’t be at­tempt­ing any ma­jor jobs, just ser­vic­ing, brakes and re­place­ment of sen­sors if the scan­ner flags any up, so I don’t need an ex­pen­sive unit that cov­ers airbags, etc. Ian Rim­mer Com­pli­ance for Euro­pean On Board Di­ag­nos­tics (EOBD) sock­ets came into force for petrol ve­hi­cles in 2001 and for diesels in 2004. This means that both your ve­hi­cles can be read us­ing a stan­dard EOBD unit. This does not cover airbags, ABS, etc, but this is not some­thing you will need.

One which is within your bud­get is the Foxwell NT301, which will read off and clear fault codes as well as read­ing live data. At the mo­ment this costs £69 from

http://bit.ly/1tivg9m. How­ever, this tool will not re­set the ser­vice light on your BMW, so it might be worth con­sid­er­ing the Foxwell NT401 at £134.95. This will read EOBD data and codes, as well as giv­ing sen­sor in­for­ma­tion.

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